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a storm system whips the midwest with severe weather and dumps more than a foot of snow in parts of the rockies. pro-russian insurgents declare victory in a pair of controversial votes in eastern ukraine. voters approve independence from keyer, but the referendum is called into question by the west. the los angeles clippers owner makes his first public statement since his lifetime ban from the nba for making racist comments. and a grand reopening after nearly three years of repairs from damage caused by an earthquake. the washington monument is once again open to visitors. captioning funded by cbs this is the "cbs morning news" for monday, may 12 this is the "cbs morning news" for monday, may 12th, 2014. good morning. thanks for joining us.
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i'm lauren lyster in for anne-marie green. this morning a slow moving storm system threatens the midwest with another round of severe weather. today's threat follows a weekend of damaging tornados and heavy snow. winter storm warnings are in effect in colorado and wyoming. in the midwest and plains, folks are cleaning up after dozens of damaging storms. several twisters touched down in south central nebraska causing heavy damage. there were preliminary reports of 34 tornadoes yesterday in nebraska, iowa, kansas, and indiana. late sunday several tornados caused heavy damage in southern nebraska. at least one person was injured. homes were torn apart, trees snapped in half, and power lines blown over. late saturday a tornado took dead aim at the missouri town of orrick just east of kansas city. the twister had winds of up to 135 miles per hour, damaging up to 300 homes.
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>> i pulled up, got the kids out, down in the basement, and then literally like two minutes after that, we were all down in the basement and everything started happening. >> it's been tough. we've all been kind of in shock. i mean, you know, when it happens, you don't expect it to happen to you. >> there were also storms in kansas and alabama, but no reports of serious injuries. out west a springtime snowstorm is causing all kinds of issues. it started snowing in denver yesterday morning, and it isn't expected to stop until later today. the snow created hazardous driving conditions in utah. there have been numerous accidents and several injuries. meteorologist eric fisher of our boston station wbz says this weather system is headed east and won't be through until later today. >> well, after a mother's day that certainly brought a wild bout of weather between the severe and the snow, we're still dealing with both as we kick off a new week. now, around the denver area, the snow still coming down this
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morning. there will still be storms in progress as well off to the east. the warmer air tracking toward the great lakes before they start to run out of steam. by late today, we get toward 5:00, most of the snow is starting to wind down. that part of the story ending. but still a line of storms firing up anew here by 5:00, 6:00 time frame and that line is to be moving off to the east. with that line of thunderstorms, we're not talking as high of a tornado threat as what we saw yesterday. there could be a couple of isolated tornadoes, certainly large hail and wind gusts and it's probably the wind gusts we're most concerned about. those wind gusts up to 70 miles an hour or higher. clusters of storms will be moving across the great lakes over toward detroit and building down through missouri as we head through the afternoon and evening, so another day to be very alert when it comes to the weather. in terms of high weather, big contrast with the storm system. you can easily see where the front is, right over the front of topeka, kansas. to the east, temperatures in the 70s and 80s will feel a
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but as we look across the mountains, 30s and 40s, well below average temperatures and a lot of snow to shovel. i'm eric fisher for the cbs news. >> two ukrainian provinces cast ballots. pro-russian separatists claimed a resounding victory in donetsk and luhansk. it was called a criminal farce organized by russia with no legal consequence. clarissa ward reports from eastern ukraine. >> reporter: at some polling stations there were lines as long as five city blocks as thousands of ukrainians defied the will of the international community and even a request from russian president putin. some of these people have been waiting more than an hour and a half to cast their ballot, and one woman told me that she has lived here for 23 years and that she's never seen so many people come out to vote. certainly the referendum did not meet international standards. many polling stations had no booths, leaving voters to cast
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their ballots at an open desk. we saw one older woman vote twice. the ballot had just one question. do you support the independence of the donetsk people of the republican. with one exception every ballot we saw had one tick for ukraine. we love ukraine, one voter told us but they took power and are destroyed our country. the crowd echoed their approval. there were pockets of violence. ukrainian forces shut down a polling station in a nearby town. later surrounded by an angry crowd, they began firing their weapons. at least one man was killed. it was the latest in a string of clashes with the military that for many here have only strengthened the desire for independence. >> clarissa ward joins us on the phone from donetsk. clarissa, is there a sense that the result of this vote could
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cause more violence? >> well, certainly i think that's the fear. the people who voted yes in this referendum see independence from the government in kiev as the only way to avoid war, but the people who boycotted the referendum -- and there were many of them -- see this vote as illegitimate and potentially de-stabilizing, and i think a lot of people are going to be watching very closely today to see what russian and what president putin, how they respond to the situation. >> and, of course, we saw those crowds of voters in your report, but what else can you tell us about the voter turnout yesterday? >> well, we visited quite a few polling stations during the course of the day, some of them with very long lines, particularly in the city of mariupol. the referendum organizers are claiming more than 2 million people voted, but given the lack standards of this election, we saw people voting twice, there
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was no apparent electoral register, i would say those numbers are very hard to certify, but certainly there's a large chunk of the population here who support this movement. >> clarissa ward in donetsk, ukraine, thank you so much. there's still no sign of the nigerian school girls kidnapped by the islamic militant group four weeks ago. there was a demonstration called for their release yesterday in the nigerian capital. police tried to breakthrough up, but protesters refused to leave. experts from the u.s. and other countries are helping with the rescue effort. the ntsb is investigating the fiery crash of a hot air balloon. three people were killed friday and as mark albert tells us, two of them were members of the university of richmond athletics department. >> i want to begin this invocation with a moment of silence. >> reporter: it was supposed to be day of celebration at the
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university of rich maryland but it became a day of morning for natalie lewis and ginny doyle, two members of the athletic staff. lewis who was engaged was a championship swimmer whose mascot was the spiders. flowers sit outside the office. the notice sign, spider nation. doyle was a basketball star before becoming a head coach. they went up in a balloon friday. the balloon piloted by dan kirk of delaware, a licensed balloonist for at least 13 years clipped a power line, caught fire, and crashed. on sunday the university's baseball team paid tribute to their fill lowe athletes. it canceled the remaining games the seniors would play. head coach tracy woodson. >> it hits you, and, you no, you never know if it could be you or your family. i hate it. i feel for them. i don't like situations like this, but, you know, i had to make sure our guys understood. >> reporter: hot air balloon crashes in the u.s. are extremely rare. according to the national transportation safety board there have been 67 where someone
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in august of 2011. stones inside cracked and crumbled. >> we had to carefully look at 20e6r,000 stones and determine what the problem was and then determine a good preservation strategy for fixing it. >> reporter: crews repaired every damaged stone and crack that a lot of the stone repairs are pretty subtle and the public won't be able to pick them up unless they're looking for them. >> reporter: it wasn't easy. the massive structure had to be covered in scaffolding so the reachers could reach every section. nearly three years later the work is done and visitors can go back to the top of the monument for a view of the nation's capital or to take in some of the new exhibits. before closing for repairs, about 700,000 visitors would come here every year. the national park service expects the next few weeks to be busy and there are extended hours through the summer. >> the great symbol of america is once again safe and sound and open to the public. >> reporter: tours begin this afternoon. susan mcginnis, cbs news,
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here's a look at today's forecast in some cities around the country. los angeles clippers owner donald sterling is apologizing for making the racist remarks that earned him a lifetime ban from the nba. in an interview with cnn's anderson cooper sterling says, am i entitled to one mistake? it's a terrible mistake, and i'll never do it again, and adds, i am not a racist.
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sterling's wife shelly says she will fight the nba's decision to force a sale of the team, but the league's spokesperson says if an owner's majority interest in the team is terminated, all others' interested are terminated as well. the clippers were back trying to keep pace with oklahoma city. los angeles erases a 22-point deficit and surges for the lead in the final two minutes to win game four, 101-99. the series is tied at two games apiece. and the indiana pacers get a lead over the washington wizards. and an emotional mother's day for new york rangers forward martin st. louis. he was on the ice sunday just three days after the sudden loss of his mother. less than four minutes into the game st. louis moves the madison square garden crowd by scoring the rangers' first goal. you can see him scoop up the
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puck as a keepsake. >> mother's day. my dad's here, my sister's here. it's been a tough time for the whole family. to be able to, you know, get the lead for the first period, yeah, it was -- it was a good moment. >> st. louis's goal helped the rangers to a 3-2 win over pittsburgh. they play a diseaecisive game s tomorrow night. finally the russian hockey team didn't fare well at the sochi olympics. maybe they needed help of vladimir putin. he was going up against fellow politicians and former professional players. take a look at some of these goals though. putin's opponents seemed to be all too eager to leave him unguarded. his team won, 21-4.
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police in sydney, australia, had to rescue a man who had climbed to the top of the famed opry house. according to the sydney telegram, the man was drunk and climbed up the building yesterday. it took police more than an hour to get him down. and singer ben harper is from a musical family that goes back generations and there's one place in california where he can always call home. anthony mason sat down with the artist. ♪ >> reporter: three-time grammy winner ben harper travels the world performing his music, but he always returns here and to his mother ellen. what is this place we're in? >> it's a lot of things. it's a retail store. it's a museum.
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we have lessons going on all the time. >> it's poetry, it's music, it's freedom of expression as much as anything. >> yeah, sure, we can do that. >> reporter: for the past 13 years, ellen harper has been running the folk music center in clairemont, california, which her parents founded in 1958. ♪ >> this room has got to have so much resonance for you in so many ways. there's so much of your history in here. >> well, i remember ben crawling, you know, when he learned to crawl. >> on the floor? >> yeah. >> this is as much the childhood home as any house. ♪ a house is a home even when it's dark even when the grass is overgrown in the yard ♪ >> reporter: during his nearly 20-year professional career, ben harper has released 15 albums. this week he released his latest, a collaboration with his mother ellen.
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it's called "childhood home." >> i just, you know, came to my mom and said, hey, let's do a song together, just one song. from that one song came another song and another song. ♪ >> reporter: the songs are sounds of family life and the folk music center. ♪ you know how it can be >> reporter: ben wrote six of the tracks on the album. ellen wrote four. how is it that the two of you make a record together? >> once you're sitting and playing a song, it's music in its own path. you stop thinking it's my son. you're two musicians working together on a song. >> because effectively you've been doing this together for a very long time. >> yeah. that's about as close as two people are going to get to sharing one voice. >> reporter: anthony mason, cbs news, clairemont, california. coming up after your local
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news on "cbs this morning," the extreme weather in the west and central u.s. we'll get a live update. plus, drone safety. a look at the growing risk of collisions with airplanes after a near accident. and we sit down with the ceos and co-founders of online glasses seller warby parker. that's the "cbs morning news" for this monday. thanks for watching. i'm lauren lyster. have a great day. -- captions by vitac --
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and i'm frank mallicoat time is 4-- here's meteorologist lawrence with check of weather. now... the latest developmes on a stubborn fire in north jose.
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the fire began yesterday afternoon at the zanker road landfill and recycling cent. helping fuel the fire... hu mounds we have the latest opposite a fire in san jose that began yesterday afternoon at the banker road landfill and recycling center, helping fuel the fire. some up to 40 feet high. could be seen and smelled in much of santa clara


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